Michael Apted's '56 Up' Documentary Hitting Theaters in January 2013
Since 2002, Richard Linklater has been filming a movie called Boyhood starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents who raise a child from first grade until he graduates high school. They cast a real first grader at the time and have come back every year to film a bit more as he's grown, with the final film to be released sometime in 2014 or 2015. But for a much longer period of time director Michael Apted has been working on the Up series of films, interviewing the same fourteen children every seven years since 1964. Variety reports that Apted's latest entry, 56 Up, has secured a theatrical release in New York. More below!
56 Up is slated to play at the IFC Center starting on January 4th in NYC, and for those who have the chance, this should be a fascinating thing to play out on the big screen. It would be really cool if IFC was able to do a marathon of the previous entries leading up to the premiere of the newest one, similar to what Marvel did with their Phase One movies leading up to The Avengers. The dedication and patience it takes to stick with these same subjects over the course of almost fifty years is incredibly impressive, and watching real people's lives unfold like that on screen is arguably more compelling than most big budget blockbusters. We'll keep an eye out for a more expanded release as the new year approaches. Thoughts?